If you’ve seen my blogging goals for this month you’ll know that I want to recycle some old blog posts. I’m getting this underway with this post which I originally published back in June, so it was one of my very early posts.
When it comes to skincare I use a range of different things. Some, like moisturiser, I’ve been using the same one for years. Others, like face wash, I try lots of different brands and styles. However, no matter what I am trying or testing, I always come back to these three simple essentials. If you don’t have them in your bathroom cabinet then order them right now.
Simple Skincare Essentials, Number 1: Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil has long been valued for its anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Oh my, I love this little thing. There are many different ways you can use it but below are my personal favourites.
- Cleaning: This is how I use up the majority of my tea tree oil. To create mix distilled water, and 15-20 drops of the oil (amount of tea tree will vary depending on the size of the spray bottle you are using, mine is a 90ml bottle fyi).
Almost anything that needs disinfecting can benefit from tea tree oil, but I predominately use it on my phone screen (being careful around the camera etc), my yoga mat and my bedding. As it is Natures disinfectant I feel happy using it on the things that I’ll be putting against my face to remove the bacteria build up. And there is a lot of bacterial build up on our mobiles. I once read that there can be more bacteria on your phone than on a toilet seat. Which to be honest makes sense, we are constantly touching it, holding it, placing it here and there, handing it to other people- and then putting it against our faces (yuk).
As for spraying it on my bedding, I do it on evenings when I know it’s going to be a hot night and sweating is inevitable. I have found I am significantly less likely to wake up with sweat spots (sorry, gross but true) when I have done this. My only caution here would be to remove any pets when doing this, and allow the room to air off for a bit.
I also use this trick whenever I stay in a hotels by taking the mixture with me in a travel perfume atomiser. I spray down the bedding beforehand as studies have shown that tea tree oil can inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungus, and even kill bed bugs. Doing this before sleeping in hotel bedding makes me feel so much more comfortable.
As with any essential oil, it can be an irritant to your skin, so I recommend applying a small amount to your inner arm to see if any reaction occurs and if not continue use with low concentrations until you figure out your own personal tolerance.
- Healing spots: Studies have found that tea tree oil proved to be just as effective as Benzoyl Peroxide minus the negative side effects such as redness, dryness and peeling skin.
When using the tea tree oil as a spot treatment simply apply a couple of drops onto a cotton swab, or your clean finger tip and place directly onto the spot.
- Hair: Like other essential oils, such as coconut oil, tea tree has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin, remove dandruff and can even be used as a natural way to treat head lice.
This can be done by adding several drops into whatever shampoo you use. I also use it when I have spots on my head. It works great to help clear them up a lot quicker. I’ll do this by applying a drop or two directly onto the spot, or spraying a mixture of tea tree oil and water onto my head, focusing on the skin.
Simple Skincare Essentials, Number 2: Savlon
Antiseptic cream which helps prevent infection and aids natural healing.
Savlon has always been a staple in my household, there isn’t a time I don’t remember seeing it in the medicine cupboard for the cuts and scrapes that are compulsory during childhood. However, once hormones hit I became more appreciative of its other uses. Now a tube of it sits in my bedside table at all times.
It can be used on cuts and grazes, insect bites and stings, sore or chapped skin, blisters, burns and minor sunburn. You can even use it on your cuticles to prevent them drying out.
I mostly use Savlon on my spots as it cleanses, helps prevent further infection, reduces redness and encourages healing. It also works to draw out those annoying spots without a head and take away the pressure pain that usually accomplices them. It is basic but brilliant.
Simple Skincare Essentials, Number 3: Sudocrem
Antiseptic Healing Cream which helps to soothe and heal while protecting the affected area from further infection.
Sudocrem is not just a nappy rash product, it can actually be used on anything from the likes of cuts, minor burns to skin conditions. You can even use it as a face mask, which some people swear by. To try this apply it to your whole face and then leave it to sit, preferably overnight. Beware though, it will take some effort to rinse away seen as Sudocrem has a water repellent base.
I personally prefer to use Sudocrem by applying a small amount directly to angry spots. It works to reduce the spots redness and drying it out quicker. Whilst I have tried the Sudocrem face mask I wasn’t much impressed. It was very messy, difficult to rub in and remove. And somehow dried my skin out, whilst leaving it oily. It is possible I might have applied too much product though. I plan to try it again with a lot less cream.
What simple essentials do you find yourself reaching for? And have you ever tried the tricks above?
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